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A Year in Drinks

2016 is officially behind us, so let’s take a peak in the rear view mirror and hand out some some awards (the Muddlees?  Still working on that one).  On to the winners.

Top Three Most Viewed Posts
#3 – It’s Pronounced Yah-grr (featuring the Jagroni) – Negroni variation with Becherovka
#2 – Build a Better Bar Part 1: Poppin’ Bottles (featuring the Training Wheels) – A great intro to Aperol

And the most viewed post is…
#1The Ol’ Switcheroo (featuring the Half Windsor Knot) – This one actually makes me Continue reading “A Year in Drinks”

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Stir, Yes Stir!


Kentucky Sergeant

2 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
3/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz St. Germain
Few dashes Peach Bitters * <Fee Bros.>

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass

* When I first made this drink, I didn’t use any bitters.  However, I’ve come to realize most bitters work pretty well with it, so use whatever you have on hand.  Or use none at all.


News flash: I love brown spirits.  You can give me all the whiskies, and I’ll be just fine.  And don’t stop there.  Cognacs and brandies are always welcome in my home.  Maybe that’s why I love Benedictine so much.  Combine this liqueur with any brown base spirit, and you’re almost guaranteed a delicious drink. Continue reading “Stir, Yes Stir!”

Mixology Monday CXII – Playing Cocktail DJ


Maxi’s Ward

1 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Mezcal <Del Maguey Vida>
1/2 oz Grenadine
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Punt E Mes

Shale with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


Hey everyone, it’s Mixology Monday time!  Doing the honors this month is the MxMo mxmologoGrand Puba himself, Frederic Yarm.  The theme he chose is Mashups, and you can read the full announcement post here.  At the heart of it, according to Frederic, mashups are what happens when”you fuse two cocktails often (but not always) with overlapping ingredients.”

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Mixology Monday CX Roundup – Vinegar


Daaar-ryl…Daaar-ryl

1 1/2 oz Brandy
3/4 oz Strawberry Shrub
1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/4 oz St. Germain
Hopped Grapefruit Bitters <Bittermen’s>

Stir with ice, strain into rocks glass over ice.  Garnish with strawberry wheel.


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It’s finally here, the Mixology Monday CX -Vinegar roundup (better late than never, amirite?).  It looks like this theme really sparked some creativity, as we had several people with multiple submissions this time around.  On to the drinks!

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Olfactory Hues


On the Nose

2 oz Gin <Short Path>
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass, garnish with lime peel.


It’s been upwards of 90 degrees here in Boston of late, so this week I wanted something light and refreshing.  I grabbed my journal and thumbed through the pages, looking for only drinks on the rocks.  This made me realize two things.  1) I should start using symbols to show how drinks are served (Mr. Boston does this wonderfully, with a little picture of the glass type next to each drink).  2) Apparently I really like up drinks (Is it too late for a retroactive New Year’s resolution to make more drinks on the rocks?).  Despite the lack of distribution in my recipes, I managed to find a suitable warm weather tipple.

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Accidentally On Purpose


Firepit

3/4 oz Mezcal <Sacrificio>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with flamed lime peel.


Recently we acquired a firepit for the backyard, and a few weekends ago we were able to light it up for the first time.  They are really wonderful things, making an evening simply sitting in the yard more than just sitting in the yard.  And of course you can’t sit around a fire with empty hands, so we sipped on some beers and cocktails as we stared into the flames.  Mrs. Muddle stayed true to form and had a La Palabra (and it was declicious, by the way).  After tasting hers I knew the fire experience would be enhanced my the smokiness of mezcal, and set off to make something with it for myself. Continue reading “Accidentally On Purpose”

Cinco de Mayo B-Side


Barrio

2 oz Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz light agave syrup
Few dashes Celery Bitters (any non-citrusy bittters would work here)
Few dashes hot sauce

Shake with ice, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime peel


Cinco de Mayo.  That wonderful holiday celebrating…well, uh…I honestly have no idea. It certainly gives St. Patrick’s day a run for its money when it comes to holidays appropriated by Americans for the purposes of drinking.  At least I have a vague idea of what St. Patrick’s day is about.  I wanna say it’s something about driving rodents out of a town in Ireland. Or was it snakes?  Maybe I’m confusing it with Whacking Day.  Anyway, I don’t know what Cinco de Mayo is really about, but that doesn’t mean I won’t eat some tacos and drink some tequila.
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Boozy Bouquet


Horticulture Club

2 oz White Whiskey <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Montenegro
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/4 oz Creme de Violette

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with flamed lemon peel.


The other night I decided to take a different approach to the flavor profiles in my drink.  Normally I lean towards the boozier, slightly bitter side of the spectrum.  To switch things up, I looked through my bar for liqueurs with a more floral personality. Creme de Violette was an obvious place to start.  The aromas in this bottle make you feel like you’ve walked into a flower shop.  A friend recently lent me some, and I’ve only put it to use in Aviations so far.  This was the perfect opportunity to see how it gets along with other bottles.  Plus, the news that Prince had passed just broke, so I figured the purple liqueur would be a nice mini-tribute.  
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Rinse and Repeat


Chunnel

3/4 oz Gin <Wire Works>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 barspoon Absinthe for rinsing

Rinse empty cocktail glass with absinthe. Combine rest of ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist


Recently I restocked my bar with a bottle of Grand Marnier.  It’s been quite some time since it last sat amongst the other liqueurs, so I’ve been going back through my recipes to see how I utilized it in the past.  The Chunnel spoke to me this week for a few reasons.

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